Sunday, January 2, 2011

Resolutions for the New Year


As I was surfing the net, I stumbled upon some interesting statistics. According to proactivechange.com/resolutions/statistics.htm (retrieved January 2, 2011):

Forty to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top New Year’s resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise and smoking cessation. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management or debt reduction. As time goes on, here’s how people maintain their resolutions:
  • Past the first week: 75 percent
  • Past two weeks: 71 percent
  • After one month: 64 percent
  • After six months: 46 percent
Although a lot of people who make New Year’s resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than are people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

I don't usually make resolutions, but this year I have made an exception. I have made two resolutions. First, as I was reflecting on the last couple of years, I realized that it has been a while since I have read through the entire Bible. It's not that I have read parts of the Bible. I do read for devotion and for sermon preparation, but it has been a while since I've deliberately read it cover to cover. So this year with a little help, I will undertake reading the Bible in one year. I am being helped by an app for my smart phone and a website, both called You Version, which not only provides an online Bible and reading plans, but also helps hold me accountable for following through.

My second resolution is to write more often. Believe it or not, I enjoy writing, I just don't give myself enough time to do it. I have set a goal of at least one post per week. I invite you to hold me accountable. I would also appreciate ideas of what you would like to read.

I have shared my resolutions for this year, what resolutions have you made and how will you be held accountable?

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